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FREE 2nd Thursday Every Month

7:00 p.m.
Armory Center for the Arts
145 North Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, California 91103

Company Town: The Dark Side of the Sharing Economy

November 3, 2017

On Thursday, Nov. 9, Conscientious Project will screen Company Town: The Dark Side of the Sharing Economy at Armory Center for the Arts.  Airbnb and Uber have become the poster companies of what has ironically become known as the “sharing economy.” Skyrocketing rent increases brought about by gentrification and the infusion of tech industry professionals have driven out scores of ethnic and low income residents in Northern California and cities around the U.S. These interrelated issues are vividly brought to light in Deborah Kaufman and Alan Snitow’s new documentary about a supervisorial election in San Francisco pitting a controversial champion of the poor and grassroots groups against an opponent who represents corporate interests in yet another struggle between people vs. power.

Economic justice advocates from POP! (Pasadenans Organizing for Progress) will lead a community discussion following the film. Admission is free.  The Armory Center for the Arts is located at 145 N. Raymond Ave. in Old Town Pasadena.

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Conscientious Projector: Go Public: A Day in the Life of an American School District

September 23, 2017

Join us on Thursday, October 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the Armory Center for the Arts for a screening of Go Public: A Day in the Life of an American School District.  As public education persists as a significant and debated issue both locally and nationally, Conscientious Projector holds a reprise screening of Go Public by local filmmakers and public school advocates Dawn and James O’Keeffe.

A few years ago, the O’Keeffes recruited 50 small film crews who followed Pasadena public school students, teachers, volunteers and administrators as they went about a typical day on the school district’s many campuses. The result is a cinema verité-style film that not only contradicts the conventional meme that public education is irrevocably broken, but also shows the vitality, dedication and teamwork that exists among stakeholders amidst the challenges of providing a learning experience for students in an economically and racially diverse urban area like Pasadena.

The Armory Center for the Arts is located at 145 N. Raymond Ave. in Pasadena.  The filmmakers join us for a community discussion following the film. Admission is free the facility is accessible to disabled persons.

Conscientious Projector: Dysfunctional Societies: Why Inequality Matters

August 18, 2017

On Thurs., September 14 at 7:00 p.m., Conscientious Projector returns from our summer hiatus with award-winning author/educator Richard Wilkinson’s cogent analysis of wealth inequality in the U.S., Dysfunctional Societies:  Why Inequality Matters at the Armory Center for the Arts.  The Media Education Foundation production examines the widening disparity between the U.S. and other Western societies in the most significant measures of personal and societal wellbeing and cohesion, despite our nation being the wealthiest in the world.

Collaborate PASadena’s Brian Biery leads a community discussion following the film.  The Armory Center for the Arts is located at 145 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena.  Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.

Conscientious Projector: A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity

April 28, 2017
Thursday, May 11
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It is commonly accepted in environmental activism circles that consumerism in America and other parts of the world has been one key drivers of global climate change. A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity is a fascinating documentary from Happen Films that focuses on the intentional community of Wurruk’an in Gippsland Australia, where a group of (mostly) millennials engaged in a challenging but enlightening year-long experiment in simple living, organic farming, energy descent and tiny houses as meaningful corrective measures in addressing modern day environmental, economic and social crises.

A community discussion follows the film. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.

NOTE: Conscientious Projector will be taking a 3-month hiatus from June through August.  Our monthly events will resume in September.

Conscientious Projector: President Trump Has Issues: A Video Sampler

April 10, 2017

April 13 | 7:00 p.m. | Armory Center for the Arts

While we wait for a definitive documentary on the Trump campaign and the troubled early months of his presidency, Conscientious Projector offers a selection of short films and videos examining some of the underlying issues that surround the president, his administration and policies. Topics will include his association with Steve Bannon and the alt-right, his support from Christian Right, the rise of son-in-law Jared Kushner within the Trump inner circle, his budget priorities, the Putin/Russia connection, climate crisis, immigration and the Muslim ban. 

Join us for a program intended to inform and enlighten the viewer while calling us to resistance and action. A community discussion follows the presentation. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.

March 9 Film: Not Business As Usual

March 8, 2017

searchMarch 9 | 7:00 p.m. | Armory Center for the Arts

When most people hear the term “bottom line,” they usually–and understandably given how capitalism has been defined over time–think strictly in terms of profit and loss. Benefit (or harm) to society has rarely been seen as part of the equation. But as inequality of wealth and ecological devastation have grown at unprecedented levels in recent decades, a movement has emerged to promote what has become known as the “triple bottom line,” or “People, Planet, Profit,” including the social and environmental components of economy in addition to monetary gain.

In Not Business As Usual, documentarians Lawrence Le Lam and Rik Klingle-Watt challenge the free market axiom that a corporation’s only mission and responsibility are to maximize profit for its shareholders, even if the company’s  operational methods pose significant costs or damage to society. As an alternative, the filmmakers point to the rise of “conscious capitalism” as practiced by a new wave of socially responsible entrepreneurs committed to narrowing the gap between the super-rich and everyone else and to the inclusion of stakeholders and the overall common good as beneficiaries of their progressive business models. One example cited in the forward-leaning film is the formation of B Corps (benefit corporations), envisioning in their “Declaration of Interdependence,” a “global economy that uses business as a force for good.”

Please join us for this engaging look into a more just and hopeful future. Conscientious Projector organizers Marty Coleman and Bob Brummel facilitate a community discussion following the film, which marks the monthly series’ 13th anniversary. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond Ave. in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.

The State of Nuclear Weapons in Our World Today

January 31, 2017
unknownConscientious Projector:  The Nuclear Requiem
Thursday, February 9 at 7:00 p.m.

 

As global concern mounts over a resumption of the nuclear arms race and even the potential use of these ultimate weapons of mass destruction, producer-director Robert E. Frye’s illuminating 2016 documentary provides a timely, comprehensive history and up-to-date account of nuclear weapons in our world today and their geopolitical implications. Frye, a former ABC News executive producer, gathered a diverse array of over three dozen top international security experts, diplomats, academics and disarmament activists for this presentation of The Nuclear World Project. The witnesses’ cogent observations and insights are beautifully accented by the contemplative, eponymously-titled score of composer/pianist Alain Kremski.

A community discussion follows the film, facilitated by Marty Coleman, Conscientious Projector cofounder and Outreach Director of the Interfaith Center to Reverse the Arms Race (originated at All Saints Church in the ‘80’s). The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.